Monday, November 22, 2010

No Monday Blues Around Here!


As we headed up into the San Jacinto Mountains, this is the view we see across the valley.It's always hard to believe when we look down that just moments earlier we were at the bottom of that valley.

This is the center of Idyllwild. On Saturday we are going to go see the tree lighting ceremony, weather permitting. By the way, the movie Kid Galahad starring Elvis Presley along with Charles Bronson was filmed here.
 This cabin was just so picturesque that I had to take its picture!
Another picture of Idyllwild. The temperature there was 37 degrees.

We love this view of the knobby part of the mountain!

They took so long posing for this, and I took so long to get ready to take the picture that they almost knocked the board down just moments earlier!
   This on the way back down the mountains where it turns back into desert land.  The temperature here was 44 degrees.

After taking the picture with Jessica and William in it, I turned around and took this one.

This area looks out over the Coachella Valley which includes the cities of Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Desert Palm, and Indio--I think I got them all!  Where we live is up into the mountains at the top of the picture. When we got down to Palm Springs, the temperature was 67 degrees.

     When we left the house this morning, the first thing we noticed was that the mountains in the far off distance were snow-topped. We decided to go for a drive not knowing where we were heading, but then decided to take James to see a magnificent view we had gone to a couple of weeks ago when he was working. We headed up into the San Jacinto Mountains, and while driving up we noticed cars coming down the mountains covered in snow! We stopped and took pictures along the way. We decided to head into Idyllwild, a small mountain town which we really enjoy, do some shopping, have some pizza and head home. We have always come up and down the same way, but decided this time to go back down the other side of the mountain-WOW! We were blessed with scene after scene of God's magnificent handiwork. We even went through a beautiful valley in which the television show Bonanza was filmed for the first two seasons. I didn't take any pictures because it was so vast that I couldn't have come close to doing the sight justice--you'll have to take my word for it that it was breathtaking.
     We have tried to instill in our children an appreciation for nature and the God who created it. I worked in a Sunday school class when I was in my 20's with a wonderful Christian lady, and I remember her reciting Psalm 19:1-The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his handywork. As she said this verse she used  her very feminine hands to show how God put the stars in their places, and then she would point out that for God, making everything in nature was just handiwork for Him--like a lady sewing a needlepoint tapestry. Oh what beautiful handiwork He has crafted just for us; how remiss would be not to pay attention, enjoy, and then brag on Him!

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful part of the country you are in. I remember seeing the very same beautiful sights when we were there. May God bless you as you serve Him in that very needy part of our country!